All members of the Holland College community have the right to work and study in an environment that is free from any form of sexual violence.
If you have been sexually assaulted or someone tells you that they have been sexually assaulted, there are people here to help.
Whether a person chooses to report an assault, either formally or informally, is a personal decision. The information below is intended to provide all students with easy access to information about supports, resources, and reporting options to help them make the decision that is best for them.
If someone confides to you that they have been sexually assaulted recently, it is important to be supportive and attentive.
The following responses are appropriate:
listen without judgement and accept the disclosure as true;
tell them that sexual violence is never the fault of the person who was assaulted;
help them find on- or off-campus services, including emergency medical care and counselling;
respect their right to choose the services they feel are most appropriate and to decide whether to report to the police and/or college staff;
understand that disclosing can be traumatic and an individual's ability to recall the events may be limited;
respect their choices as to what and how much they disclose about their experience; and
make every effort to respect confidentiality and anonymity.
Once you have listened, refer your friend to any of the resources listed below.
On Campus Services
Free, confidential counselling is available to all Holland College students. Book an appointment here.If you would like to talk to a counsellor about anything at all, we have people who want to help you. Find out more here.
PEI Family Violence Prevention Services provides a place of safety for women and children who are victims of abuse, educate the public about the issues of violence against women and family violence, and advocate for the needs of abused women and children.
Rise provides free legal resources and support to people who have experienced sexual violence, workplace sexual harassment, or intimate partner violence.
Victim Services assists victims of crime throughout their involvement in the criminal justice system. Assistance is available to victims of crime anywhere on Prince Edward Island. If you live off-Island and are victimized by a crime that occurred on PEI, you are also eligible for services.
National Sexual Assault Support Line (24/7) 1-877-392-7583.